14 August – Garden strays

Landscape, habitat, historic local fauna and flora
are all interrupted by escapee garden explorers.
It’s important to strive for balanced biodiversity
but I can’t help the childish rush of delight when I see
a burst of exotic dragon heads painting the hedgerow red
when really there should only be brambles there instead.
Against the grey of dry stone wall
and the constant green of field, fell and all
there is something gleeful that always transpires
when I see such vivid blooms of crimson fire
– be it legitimate joy or half guilty pleasure –
I still believe I’m finding wayside treasure.